Princesa- I think it's fantastic that you have done so well over the years. I had a long 10 year, med free remission once (it did take two years of trying to get off pred up and down then, and finally off)- not even with the special (low carb SCD) diet I now follow without remission. IBD in general is a weird disease- you can do nothing and go into full remission, or do everything right- including natural healing and stress reduction on top of using the official heavy hitters- and still go downhill. I for example have done everything under the sun since the long remission ended- TCM, SCD, low carb SCD, helminths (TSO and hookworm), vit E enemas, DMSO, melatonin, the nicotine patch, all sorts of probiotics, the list goes on and on... and still I can't get a meaningful remission or get off pred for long. But many of them- notably dietary change, probiotics, and TSO, have all helped.... just not enough. It doesn't help of course that some of us are essentially allergic to 5ASA drugs, which are a mainstay for maintenance. Anyway, I am not criticizing you at all, nor complaining, I am just saying that some people can get wondrous results from some "non-medical" approaches, others will get a little bit of benefit, and others get little to none. It's certainly worth trying in all cases. Remi is probably my last hope, though before I resort to the knife, I'll likely try a couple things I haven't yet, such as fecal bacteriotherapy.
Pancolitis 20 years ago, full med-free remission 10 years,
Flaring/simmering on and off ever since, allergic to all 5ASAs
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO,
Turmeric/circumin, boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie